ERIC Number: EJ1127355
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
What Makes Us Who We Are? Investigating the Chemistry behind Genetics in an Interdisciplinary Course for Undergraduate Students. Part I
Johnson, Amy Flanagan; Graves, Chiron W.
Journal of College Science Teaching, v46 n3 p19-27 Jan 2017
This article details the aim, development, and implementation of the Chemistry-Genetics Course Collaborative (CGCC), a cotaught offering of a human genetics course with an honors introductory chemistry course. The CGCC was formed to fully integrate the two courses, along with the associated chemistry lab, to create an interdisciplinary scientific community among the students and their professors. The design of the courses was purposefully aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, incorporating its interwoven strands of disciplinary core ideas, scientific practices, and crosscutting concepts. This article represents Part I of the research and contains the original interdisciplinary plan for the semester, along with the revised schedule after repeated, unified, and purposeful attempts by both faculty members to encourage students to buy into the course design were largely unsuccessful. Detailed descriptions of course assessments and rubrics, issues to be considered in designing such a nontraditional course structure, and reflections on the experience of implementing one are also included. Part II of the research, to be published separately, will focus on the analysis of assessment, attitude, and interview data.
Descriptors: Chemistry, Genetics, Interdisciplinary Approach, Science Instruction, Honors Curriculum, Introductory Courses, College Students, College Faculty, Standards, Course Evaluation, Interviews, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Course Descriptions, Assignments, Team Teaching
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan
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